The Federal Government/International Fund for Agriculture (FGN/IFAD), assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), has inaugurated a multi-million Naira cassava processing facility and borehole in Anambra.
The inauguration was part of activities lined up for the field tour embarked upon by the Federal Government/IFAD VCDP mid-term review team.
Inaugurating the project at Umueze-Anam in Anambra West Local Government Area on Monday, the team leader, Prof. Jones Lemchi, charged the beneficiaries to improve their corporate management skill
Lemchi urged them to use the proceeds from the processing plant to diversify their business to achieve the aims and objectives of the programme.
In a remark, the transition committee chairman for Anambra West Local Government Area, Mr Tony Nwabunwanne, said the project would impact directly on the rural populace.
He commended the initiative of VCDP in poor communities, noting that it had helped to change lives in the areas.
“This has been Gov. Willie Obiano campaign, to bring development directly to the people,” he said.
While assuring total security and maintenance of the facility, Nwabunwanne appealed to the programme to help build a borehole for proper utilisation of toilet facility at the community market.
The State Programme Coordinator, IFAD-VCDP, Mr Nnamdi Agwuncha, who noted that the programme emphasised on women participation, urged the beneficiaries to take ownership of the project and ensure its security and maintenance.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the chairperson of Nneamaka Multipurpose Co-operative Society, Mrs Theresa Obi, said the programme had helped to transform the lives of members.
While commending the Federal Government and IFAD-VCDP for assisting farmers in the state, Obi appealed to the programme to further assist the group with vehicles for easy conveyance of processed cassava to markets.
The team also inaugurated a multi-million Naira market infrastructure with VIP toilet at Mmiata-Anam, Anambra West Local Government Area.